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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Young adult

All the Bright Places

by Jennifer Niven

Quick take

Read the book behind the movie, and get into a quirky, cute romance that's built on some pretty heavy drama.

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    Romance

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Emotional

    Emotional

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Quirky

    Quirky

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_NowAMovie

    Now a movie

Synopsis

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

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  • Brooklyn, NY

    This book was sad but it told a story about a teenager struggling with mental health - crying out for help & the reality that we sometimes dont realize till it’s too late. Violet’s loss broke my heart

  • Waterbury, CT

    Heartbreaking read. It was like Finch slowly gave what life he had left to saving Violet. He broke her out of her grief & left her “forever changed”. A take on how we process & recover from trauma.

  • Lansing, MI

    This book will make you FEEL. It was relatable for someone who struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. I am amazed at how perfectly the feelings were described I connected instantly to Finch

  • Pawtucket, RI

    This book talks about the gritty feelings that a lot of people have but don’t want to talk about. I felt connected to every chatacter from from big to small, from Finch to Amanda. Expertly written.

  • Methuen, MA

    It was beautiful that a boy who could barely function himself used up all his energy to bring a girl out of the darkness and back into the brightness of the world and help her see all the beauty in it

  • Wallingford, VT

    Having worked in the mental health field, I can’t tell you how close to home this book was for me. I felt invested in the wellbeing of Finch and Violet, and while I knew it was coming, that ending.

  • Liberal, MO

    All the Bright Places starts with a great attention grabbing chapter and builds a relatable world seen through the eyes of two different people, meanwhile going through important topics and feelings.

  • Cincinnati, OH

    I love character driven stories. I wasnt expecting the outcome but it makes sense why. Great job showing the depression, stablization and mania of bipolar. I was in love, heartbroken and devastated.

  • Burnsville, MN

    I can’t explain how much I love this book. I loved the main characters, I loved their love story and how real it was. I sobbed for the whole last hour I was reading it and then 30 min after that.

  • Camillus, NY

    Beautiful story about love, growing and mental health. The characters were well developed and made you feel for them. The story dragged on at times but it was hard to put down at the end. Must read!

  • Vail, AZ

    I have a love-hate relationship with this book. It was much more of an emotional rollercoaster than I had expected. I still want to throw it across the room, but it is also so beautifully written!

  • Mauston, WI

    I just closed this book and I am sobbing. I didn't know what to actually expect, but inside the covers is a beautiful story full of flaws and faults and loss and life and LOVE. I loved all of it.

  • Crestwood, IL

    This book will hit you in the feels. It will also make your want to explore the the natural wonders of your own hometown. Such a beautiful and sad story about friendship, love, and mental health.

  • Natrona Heights, PA

    I can’t remember the last time, if ever, I cried while reading a book! The story of Finch & Violet is everything I never knew I needed. It has opened my mind & filled my heart. I am thankful.

  • Aberdeen, WA

    This was a deeply emotional read and one I find important. Grief, loss, mental health, therapy, and feeling lost in the chaos of it all is written into a beautiful story that will shred you.

  • Brighton , MA

    I loved this book. It’s no surprise it made me cry. The characters are well rendered and so very human. It made the inevitability of the ending all the more heartbreaking. Beautiful story.

  • Aurora, CO

    Mental health is no joke. Always check on your friends. Take calls for help seriously. This is a beautiful love story that shines light on something that happens more often than we realize.

  • Michigan City, IN

    One of my favorites ever. I love it so much I already had multiple copies, but needed the BOTM version, too. Violet and Finch are and will forever be two of my all-time favorite characters

  • Oklahoma City, OK

    This book shows the emotional rollercoaster of someone struggling with mental health, cries for help, and dealing with loss. I couldnt put this book down even when I could the ending.

  • Auburn, AL

    I bought this book needing a good cry and this sure brought it to me. Accurately represents the darkness that comes with trauma and depression. Tough read emotionally but well worth it.

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